Unfortunately for China

January 17, 2008

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Fortune cookies.  Some love them, some hate them.  But I think most of us are curious about what they are going to say.  I never let anyone crack open mine, but you couldn’t pay me to eat on.  However Christina will devour everyone on the table.  But according to an article in the New York Times, what we know about the cookies might be changing.

Some 3 billion fortune cookies are made each year, almost all in the United States. But the crisp cookies wrapped around enigmatic sayings have spread around the world. They are served in Chinese restaurants in Britain, Mexico, Italy, France and elsewhere. In India, they taste more like butter cookies. A surprisingly high number of winning tickets in Brazil’s national lottery in 2004 were traced to lucky numbers from fortune cookies distributed by a Chinese restaurant chain called Chinatown.

But there is one place where fortune cookies are conspicuously absent: China.

Now a researcher in Japan believes she can explain the disconnect, which has long perplexed American tourists in China. Fortune cookies, Yasuko Nakamachi says, are almost certainly originally from Japan.

The article goes on to trace why Nakamachi believes the cookies are of Japanese origin and the evidence she has found to support the theory.

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Lipstick Lesbians Beware

October 15, 2007

To all my lady readers, well those who like to look lady like, there is some potential bad news.  Luckily I have nothing to worry about.  Although I rarely encourage supporting the vegan hipsters, maybe organic based and/or US produced lipsticks or glosses might be a good idea until this is checked out.  Its not the companies in the United States putting the lead in (although their negligence is to blame) it is the raw materials from places like China.  As my pharmaceutics professor always says, “you can’t buy your materials in China, they’d sell you arsenic if you had cash.”

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WASHINGTON: The United States will review an advocacy group’s findings that lipstick sold under brand names including L’Oréal and Cover Girl contained potentially dangerous levels of lead.

Twenty of 33 brand-name lipsticks had detectable levels of lead in the tests, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The Food and Drug Administration has collected lipstick samples for testing to follow up on the group’s results, although the agency has not found dangers previously, said an FDA spokeswoman, Stephanie Kwisnek.

The levels of lead found by the cosmetics group in the lipsticks – ranging from 0.03 part per million to 0.65 part per million – have the potential to increase risks of health hazards, said Joel Schwartz, a professor of environmental epidemiology at Harvard University. Long-term exposure to lead can result in higher blood pressure, kidney damage and loss of mental function.

U.S. sales of lipstick totaled $2 billion in 2006, with 270 million individual containers sold, according to Kline & Co., a consulting and research firm in Little Falls, New Jersey.

Warning: Think before kissing that hot lipstick lesbian from the club, she might give you lead poisoning.  Think, damn that would be worth it.


Video Game Death

September 17, 2007

BEIJING, China — A man in southern China appears to have died of exhaustion after a three-day Internet gaming binge, state media said Monday. The 30-year-old man fainted at a cyber cafe in the city of Guangzhou Saturday afternoon after he had been playing games online for three days, the Beijing News reported. Paramedics tried to revive him but failed and he was declared dead at the cafe, it said. The paper said that he may have died from exhaustion brought on by too many hours on the Internet. The report did not say what the man, whose name was not given, was playing. The report said that about 100 other Web surfers “left the cafe in fear after witnessing the man’s death.” China has 140 million Internet users, second only to the U.S.. It is one of the world’s biggest markets for online games, with tens of millions of players, many of whom hunker down for hours in front of PCs in public Internet cafes. Several cities have clinics to treat what psychiatrists have dubbed “Internet addiction” in users, many of them children and teenagers, who play online games or surf the Web for days at a time.


I would previously have just been baffled at how someone could get addicted to the internet or a video game, but now I could understand a little bit. I find there are days where 3 or 4 hours will just disappear when I am online. And now that I have guitar hero I just want to play all the time.